Probolomyrmex aliundus

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Probolomyrmex aliundus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Proceratiinae
Tribe: Probolomyrmecini
Genus: Probolomyrmex
Species: P. aliundus
Binomial name
Probolomyrmex aliundus
Shattuck, Gunawardene & Heterick, 2012

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Specimen labels

This rarely encountered species is known from a limited number of collections made in rainforest on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.

Identification

Petiolar node relatively long and narrow (best viewed dorsally), the dorsal face (in side view) uniformly convex and without a separation of the anterior and dorsal faces; posterior projection of the subpetiolar process forming a 90° angle.

Probolomyrmex aliundus is similar to Probolomyrmex maryatiae (from Sabah, Malaysia) and will key to that species in Eguchi et al. (2006), and to Probolomyrmex simplex (from Papua New Guinea). The first two species differ in that the posterodorsal margin of the petiole in dorsal view is straight to weakly convex in P. aliundus (it is concave in P. maryatiae) and the posterior face of the node in lateral view is much less convex when compared to P. maryatiae (and more so than in P. vieti, another similar species from Indonesia and Thailand). Probolomyrmex aliundus differs from P. simplex in having less well developed and prominent foveae and in having the posteroventral tooth of the subpetiolar process angular rather than tooth-like. Probolomyrmex aliundus also averages larger than both P. maryatiae and P. simplex (HL > 0.59mm vs. < 0.59mm, HW > 0.38mm vs. < 0.38mm).

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • aliundus. Probolomyrmex aliundus Shattuck, Gunawardene & Heterick, 2012: 42, figs. 1, 7 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA.

Type Material

Description

Worker description. Body ferruginous brown. Head in full-face view with weakly convex sides and weakly concave posterior margin. Eyes absent. Antennae relatively long. Dorsal outline of mesosoma essentially straight, the pronotum curving downwards slightly; posterior margin of propodeal dorsum in dorsal view straight; posterior face of propodeum margined laterally with a well-developed, thin, translucent lamella. Petiole including subpetiolar process longer than high, its dorsal surface in profile forming a relatively gentle and uniform curve; subpetiolar process with conspicuous anteroventral and posteroventral projections; the anteroventral projection forming a blunt tooth, the posteroventral projection forming a 90° angle. Abdominal segment III (gastral segment I) in profile narrowed anteriorly, broadest near its posterior margin.

Measurements. Worker (n=9)—CI 60–64; DPetW 0.18–0.20; HL 0.59–0.65; HTL 0.30–0.47; HW 0.38–0.40; LPetI 99–111; ML 0.77–0.88; PetH 0.27–0.29; PetNL 0.27–0.33; PronW 0.29–0.31; SI 96–112; SL 0.36–0.44

References

  • Shattuck, S.O., Gunawardene, N.G. & Heterick, B. 2012. A revision of the ant genus Probolomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Proceratiinae) in Australia and Melanesia. Zootaxa 3444: 40–50.